Monday, August 5, 2013

Federal Election

The Australian Prime Minister yesterday announced the date for the Federal Election.  September 7th will see most Australians front up to schools and community halls throughout the nation to vote for a Prime Minister.   Voting in State and Federal elections is compulsory.

Australia doesn’t have presidential style elections, we vote for political parties, not personalities.....or that is how it is supposed to be, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will be voting ostensibly for a Prime Minister.   He will be the leader of the winning party.

Pundits tell us that the election will be decided in the eastern states of NSW and Queensland.   Because of the time difference between east and west Australia (2 hours at this time of year)  Western Australians don’t hold sway in elections, because in most elections we are still voting when the results are coming in from eastern states’ polling booths.

Thankfully the run up to the election/slanging match is relatively short. 


Anonymous said...

Kev, At least no one gets shot when we go to vote. Marg

Richard said...

IF Big Ears Abbott gets home does that mean I'll have to flee to PNG once more, Kev ??
That's what we did in late 1963 when it looked like we'd never get rid of Pig Iron Bobby Menzies -- the arch Tory who frequently waxed lyrical about his one of Queen Liz II.
As luck would have it, he was gone by 1966 but that was still a marathon 17 year stint ---- 1949, when he beat old Ben Chifley, to 1966.